London’s National Theatre NT Live 2013-2014 season of play broadcasts will open at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., with “Othello,” a new production of Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. There will be two shows Thursday, Sept. 26: a live transmission at 2 p.m.; and an HD rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre; BBC’s “Hustle”) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (“The Last of the Haussmans,” “James Bond: Skyfall”), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (“Timon of Athens,” “One Man, Two Guvnors”) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of “Hamlet.”

Othello, newly married to Desdemona (Olivia Vinall), who is half his age, is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the young Cassio (Jonathan Bailey, “Leonardo,” “Me and Mrs. Jones”), persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Tickets are $23, $15 for students; contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. NT Live’s season of broadcasts will continue Thursday, Oct. , with Kenneth Branagh starring in the title role of “Macbeth.” For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or